Rocky Carroll

Rocky Carroll currently plays bad-ass Director Leon Vance on NCIS and its spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles.

Carroll's  acting career is rooted in the theater, having graduated from the famed School for the Creative and Performing Arts, earning a B.F.A.

Determined to further his acting, he attended Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis.

After graduating, Carroll decided to test the waters by moving to New York City, the heart of the theater community.

As part of Joe Papp's acclaimed New York Shakespeare Festival, Carroll helped to open doors for actors of color, by taking on non-traditional roles that were rarely portrayed by Black actors in Shakespeare dramas.

Rocky is also known for portraying ne'er-do-well musician Joey Emerson on the FOX comedy-drama Roc. He also had a starring role as Dr. Keith Wilkes in the TV series Chicago Hope.

Carroll has guest starred in several other TV programs including The Agency, Boston Legal, Family Law, The West Wing, Law & Order, and The Game.

His film credits include Born on the Fourth of July, The Ladies Man, Crimson Tide, The Great White Hype, A Prelude to a Kiss, The Chase and Best Laid Plans.

Role Show
Leon Vance NCIS
Birth Date:
Roscoe Carroll

NCIS Quotes

Gibbs: Anything I can do?
Bishop: Uh, it's pretty self-explanatory, really.
Gibbs: Did you check to see if that little gizmo there is attached to that other giddy-bop?
Bishop: Mmm. Not yet. You think that'll do it?
Gibbs: If you spit on it. Sometimes that works.
Bishop: All right.
Tony: Oh, come on!

One thing I am certain of, my future will no longer include NCIS. Jethro, I've done all I have to do. It's time for Dr. Palmer to be the permanent Chief Medical Examiner. I'm sorry. Goodnight.